After many, many brews, let me update this with the most recent version of "my" form of this recipe which still uses SKID27's concentrate base.
I use 4 cups of water, boil, add 5 tea bags (3 regular, 2 decaf), let boil for a minute or two and then remove. I drop in double the honey, vanilla and then double the called-for spices. I've upped the cinnamon to four half-size sticks, grinding fresh nutmeg into a tea ball with the other loose spices including 8-10 peppercorns. I also just recently added 6 allspice berries and 2-3 medium-size pieces of star anise. I feel the anise really rounds out the whole set of flavors and finished this tea. If I have ginger in the house, I cut off a quarter-inch chunk of that and throw it in too. I find it preferable to use whole spices as much as possible to cut down on the inevitable grit in the bottom of the brew when using ground. This is my final product, I think, and a really good cup of tea.
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After many, many brews, let me update this with the most recent version of "my" form of this...